What We’re Loving: La Tavola Linens' Dolce Collection
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With a surplus of sequined linens to choose from, you’re bound to have a stunning tablescape
As you know, we’re big fans of all things that sparkle and shine — hello, glitter guide! — so it's definitely not a shock that we are not just loving, but in love with, the sequined table linen collection at La Tavola.
As one of the most renowned and respected fine linen brands from coast to coast, La Tavola definitely brings panache to the table, whether at an intimate dinner party at home or on 100 tables at a private event or gala.
With more than 10 collections to choose from, we were floored when we found the Dolce Collection that shimmers and shines with shiny, sequined, and beaded fabrics to choose from. When we hit the New York fabric and discovered the hues, our excitement escalated even more.
If you ask any entertaining aficionado, finding a sequined tablecloth is nearly impossible, so when we made this discovery you can be sure our order was placed within 15 minutes. The brand ships nationwide and there isn't a minimum or maximum mandatory order count.
As for the sequined tablescapes that are certainly in our future, we are over-the-moon excited. Stay tuned for photos.
We’re Shopping These New Home Collabs and Collections This April
March was gone in a flash and we're already checking our inboxes for all of the fab finds that the new month is bringing. And so far, April has been a busy one in terms of new home launches, collaborations, and Eastery goodness. Click through to check out all of the pattern-happy, travel-inspired brands we'll be shopping.
10 Grove: Who doesn't love the feel of fresh, high-quality bed sheets? This new brand offers Italian linens crafted in-house at a fraction of the cost at specialty stores, so you don't have to max out your credit card just to score luxurious, well-made bedsheets. If you're unsure of which fabric to try, take their Blind Feel Test to find the product that's best for you.
No. 2: Did you know that global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily? Yikes. Recently launched No.2 offers toilet paper made with bamboo for a silky-soft, eco-friendly experience. And as a bonus, each roll comes wrapped with a fun pattern that you'll want to show off in your bathroom.
YETI Spring 2019 Collection: Anyone who owns a YETI knows that they're the best on-the-go pieces around. This new collection introduces the Rambler 24-ounce mug ($30), along with three new adventure-inspired colors: Reef Blue, Sand, and Canyon Red.
Target Easter Collection: No matter the holiday, Target's seasonal assortment never disappoints. And this year's Easter collection is no different, offering up A+ entertaining pieces for dinners, egg-hunt essentials, and party decor.
SMEG x Dolce & Gabbana Sicily is My Love Collection: You may recall last year's fabulous bespoke collection of SMEG fridges hand-painted by Sicilian artisans. This year, the small appliances are coming to the party, all adorned with triangular and floral motifs in D&G's signature style. Shoppers can browse toasters, citrus juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders, stand mixers, and slow juicers all decorated with smile-inducing gold lemons, citrus fruits, prickly pears, and bright red cherries.
Inside Weather's New Table Designs: This insanely customizable, direct-to-consumer furniture brand is now offering even *more* options, with new tabletop options in plain wood finish and solid white, along with marble finishes in white, gray, and black. Sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of their upcoming releases.
Williams Sonoma x Pottery Barn Kids Easter Baskets: Consider this to be your one-stop-shop for all things Easter basket. These sister brands have partnered up this holiday for some seriously cute gifts for every kiddo in your life, including personable liners, plush bunnies, and all the Williams Sonoma Easter treats.
Williams Sonoma x Aerin Summer 2019 Collection: We're obsessed with Williams Sonoma's summer collaboration with Aerin. Inspired by founder Aerin Lauder's love of travel, the collection features dinnerware, entertaining pieces and home décor pieces that are an homage to her favorite European destinations. (We happen to think that these pieces would make fab Mother's Day gifts, too.)
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How do you feel about lower cabinets being a different color than the upper cabinets? I am particularly interested in hearing your thoughts on having dark countertops with white upper cabinets and grey/greige lower cabinets, like in the kitchen pictured above. I like the contrast and the fact that this combination is a departure from an all-white kitchen, but something keeps me from embracing it 100%. Should I go for all white in my kitchen or should I try a white/grey combo?
So funny, I am in the middle of a kitchen redeux. my cabinets are upper whiteish cream and lower RL Nariobe. trying to decide on the countertops. My uppers are distressed in an old world finish with french pewter pulls. below will be distressed too.
that 5th image is soímply lovely.
I never really thought about it as a possibility but I quite like it, different!
Paloma, as long as you have the colors tied in together (like the sink in the 4th pic) I think it will work beautifully. Why not? And, it will look new & sleek too.
i like the contrast b/t the white & gray. i read somewhere recently that darker lower cabinets are also great for hiding spills/dust that gets on cabinets. since i have lots of animals, this makes me consider it even more!
I love this look. It makes for an interesting room, especially when there are lots of cabinets. Don't think it would work as well in a smaller kitchen (like mine).
love it and a client is doing it now. Such gorgeous contrast. That being said, I think it is super-trendy. I don't know if that matters to you. I think it will be dated in about 8 years (I'm trendy in so many things, though--can't help to be!)
I commented about not loving subway tile earlier, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE white upper and dark lower cabinets. I dipped my toe into this pool—uppers are a clean white and lowers are a very subtle blue/lavender/gray (depends on the lighting and pairing) called Heaven from Ben Moore. It's a tiny kitchen and has been a few years, and I'm not at all tired of the combo!
While I like the idea of different colour upper and lowers, I feel as though the look will be dated in a few years. I much prefer the same colour cabinets and then a standout colour on an island.
The light gray is a fabulous colour for cabinets though!
I personally love the contrast! I am going for all white cabinets but painting the island dark gray-a variation on this theme!
I dislike having two different colors. I think bringing in other colors in the kitchen can be done with tiles, countertops, walls, etc. I like the cabinets to match. although I am somewhat OCD.
I have never done it in my business, but I'm seeing it everywhere and think I might try to talk a client into it. Please post of you do it!
Just did it in my kitchen and adore the results . . . Have to admit that I'm a mother of two little ones, and I love how the lower cabinets hide tiny finger-prints! You can see the reno at http://burkettfamily.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-heart-calacatta-gold.html. I chose honed black for the main counters and honed calacatta for the island. Wishing you the best (and great take-out) as you venture into your kitchen reno!
I think the white/grey combination would work best with white countertops rather than black! the black with grey makes the bottom look too heavy and dark.
I think you'll tire of the 2-tone cabinets. I'd go all white with grey walls. I think lighter countertops too.
Love the different paint colors on the lower and upper cabinets! I think is breaks up the mass of the wood and makes it feel more antiqued and customized! great idea.
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I like the look a lot but think it's super trendy - I went with white cabinets and dark marble counters and never looked back! Timeless, I like to think. :)
I like the look. but don't know if I could commit to it in my own home. I am thinking about doing my island a darker color. but not all of the bottom cabinets.
I love the classic look of white kitchens, but if I say take a shot with the gray lowers. You can always change them back :)
I would do the combo. It gets you out of your comfort zone in a good way and if you hate them after a while, repaint them. Paint is cheap! Let us know.
Huge fan of the 5th picture- not a huge fan of the white and gray combo something drab about it- the 5th picture is beautiful without being of the top and also keeping a clean feeling, which I think is very important in a kitchen. Personally just not a huge fan of the white and gray thing, I have yet to see it and been sold on it.
There are some combos that look lovely, but I prefer the traditional look of all one cabinet color.
Every once in a while I see a pic that it really works in, but usually I find myself wondering why they didn't "go for it" and paint the uppers as well. I never actually dislike it though, except where white appliances break up the continuity of the greige lowers.
i don't really like the look of different colored cabinets. i find it distracting to the eye and agree with others that it's growing trendy.
I love the idea of greige paint on the lower cabinets and open white cabinets on the top. One of my favorites for the bottom is Mouse's Back from Farrow & Ball. I have always preferred the counter tops light as opposed to dark. I like my kitchen to be bright and crisp. I find having white upper cabinets, a black counter and grey or beige below looks so chopped up.
Please post when you are finished!
The grey/greige warms it up. Who doesn't need that in the kitchen? Love it!
I think it only works in certain situations. I think in a small kitchen it is too much. I prefer the cabinets to match in color and maybe bring in a different color in an island.
I have to disagree with most of the posters I think it breaks up the room too much. If you want two different colors, I like a contrasting island, but I don't like the look of different upper and lower cabinets.
I really dont care for it too much unless its an open shelving situation. I think it looks great in that aspect. Also a no-no with woods only painted I think. I cringe thinking of cherry uppers with walnut lowers yuck.
the great thing about dark lowers & white counters is contrast. in this case having that contrast allows for the white uppers & white subways. white uppers & lowers w/ dark counters also provide contrast. but w/ lots less style than w/ dark lowers (sez me).
I am planning to do this same thing to my kitchen. I've been debating it for some time, now I'm going for it. After all. it's just paint. It can always be re-done if you aren't happy!
Fine Art Bridal Inspiration with Cement Stone + Terrazzo Accents
Set it in stone: we love this fine art bridal inspiration! Color Theory Design Co designed a modern + minimal day with the latest decor trend to take over our Pinterest boards…cement! Yep, concrete accents + monochrome terrazzo showcase an artfully industrial style that’s such a fresh idea when it comes to weddings. Pair those with fine art details like structured blooms, soft bridal style, and even an oil-painting portrait session, this Portland day is nothing short of a masterpiece. Here’s Alyssa from Color Theory Design Co:
More newly-engaged couples are gravitating towards a fine art vibe for their wedding. We wanted to play with the delicacy of this studied theme, juxtaposing it with materials and textures borrowed from industrial design. From concrete + stone accents, metal mesh, as well as brick and steel throughout the venue, these minimalist elements magnified the romantic blooms and ethereal fabric backdrop.
Alixann Loosle Photography played with the hard + soft lines of the venue and design to capture some really beautiful moments from the day. Let’s have a look!
Jenny Sanders designed an artistic invitation suite to set the tone + minimal aesthetic for the day.
Soft + Structured
The venue, Castaway, provided an open layout for the ceremony and reception design, offering structured elements such as concrete floors, large expansive windows, exposed beams, and raw steel accents.
In contrast, the bride took on a soft + romantic style that we’re loving!
Kirstie Wight pinned the bride’s hair into a messy bob, creating a classic shape but keeping it modern with those wild wisps.
The contemporary earrings by Whiskey + Wine mirrored textures found throughout the venue while her dress, Loutus by Watters, had a classic feel with a contemporary edge.
The simple yet dramatic fabric ceremony installation was designed to capture and cast diffused light throughout the space.
Isn’t it rather stunning that the only color comes from the florals by Color Theory Design Co? (And loving that pink + burgundy color palette, too!)
An Artfully Curated Tablescape
For the tablescape, the team combined soft, feminine and minimalist elements such as refined porcelain dinnerware by Lilith Rockett with wildly textured florals.
How beautiful are these colors + textures?!
Suede linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and chairs from Archive Rentals completed the reception’s modern look.
To complete the fine art theme, Color Theory Design Co hand-painted an oil portrait of the bride framed by the fabric ceremony installation. So cool, right?
SO in love with this modern cake by Dream Cakes! And how great is the terrazzo stone + stemmed floral styling? Truly a work of art—just like every detail of the day!
photography: Alixann Loosle Photography // venue name: Castaway, Portland, Oregon, USA // event design: Color Theory Design Co // planning: Color Theory Design Co // florals: Color Theory Design Co // wedding dress: Watters 'Lotus' // hair stylist: Kirstie Wight // makeup artist: Kirstie Wight // paper goods: Jenny Sanders // cake: Dream Cakes // furniture rentals: Archive Rentals // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen // models: Margaret Alba // porcelain dinnerware: Lilith Rockett // portrait painter: Color Theory Design Co // earrings: Whiskey + Wine
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3. Embrace Bold Accent Colors
Starting with all-white walls gives the house a soothing effect and allows furnishings to stand out in a graphic way. Paloma uses an anchor color like the medium gray on the chairs to give the space some visual weight. From there, she adds accent colors like the dining room’s mix of fuchsia, chartreuse, and cobalt. Be resourceful re-repurposed from a temporary showroom display, silk with white gold de Gournay wallpaper found new life as framed dining room art.
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Grant K. Gibson is both a prolific young designer and a successful blogger. Earlier this year, he was named one of “Five Designers to Watch” by Elle Décor, which is quite an extraordinary achievement for someone as young as Grant. I don’t think his being on such a list came as a surprise to anyone who knows Grant. He is extraordinarily talented, creating rooms that are rooted in classic design, but speak to modern tastes. His designs are the type that we will look back on in ten, twenty, thirty years and they will still look fresh because he understands how to mix antiques and vintage items with more modern ones so incredibly well. Grant’s talent isn’t the only thing that has resonated with readers. He is also one of the nicest, most genuine people in blogland.
Name: Grant K. Gibson
Occupation: Interior designer/decorator
Hometown: Los Angeles/New York
Current City: San Francisco
LDV: What inspired you to begin your career in interior design?
GKG: I have always been loved design my whole life. I always was changing things around in my childhood bedroom and would walk into a space and have ideas. I woke up one day and thought- why not turn my passion and love of design into a reality.
LDV: What do you love most about what you do?
GKG: I love working with clients and making their dreams come true. People hire me to take a blank canvas and work my magic. I love it when a client tells me that they don’t want to leave their house. That makes me so happy. I don’t design spaces for me- I design spaces for other people.
LDV: What is the most challenging aspect of your career?
GKG: I like to give people what they like. Regardless of their design style. I am happy with helping people that like color or not much color- traditional or more modern.
LDV: Where do you find inspiration?
GKG: I would say that travel is where I find the most inspiration for my work. I love traveling and taking photos or details. I am always learning something new everyday and just love the finding new ideas and ways to do things.
LDV: Who are some of your personal style icons?
GKG: Picking one is like picking a favorite child! - but I love Albert Hadley, John Saladino, David Hicks.
LDV: How would you describe your own style?
GKG: I would say that my style is classic, timeless and comfortable.
I work in all styles- so it is important for me to give the client what they want and make them happy. Some designers only do a certain “look”- but I love all styles and am happy to work on projects with any style.
LDV: What is the trait you most admire in a person?
GKG: Honestly, loyalty and great humor!
LDV: What is your principal weakness?
GKG: I have to say that I am messy. I wish that I wasn’t. I am organized- but there is always a pile of things on my desk and projects that I am working on. I wish that it could look perfect all of the time- but that is all make believe and we don’t all live like that!
LDV: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
GKG: Aunite Mame said to: “LIVE! LIVE! LIVE!” and I do it every day!
LDV: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
GKG: I was shocked and honored and amazed to be named as one of the 5 Designers to Watch this year by Elle Décor. It was like a dream come true!
LDV: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?
GKG: I think that I actually live “la dolce vita”- I love my life of design, love, travel. I wake up each day and am excited to learn something news.
Bloom: White French tulips, peonies, and white roses
Food: Carbs! I have such a weakness for pasta, bread and potatoes!
Drink: A non fat latte in the morning, lots of iced tea during the day and white wine for the end of the day.
Thing to Wear: I actually don’t like to shop for clothes- so I keep it simple and only wear black and white.
Destination: I love Paris- I would hop on a plane in a second.
Season: I love fall- the colors- the food.
Meal: I cook all of the time- so I would have to say it would be something that I would make at home.
Musician: I love music- too hard to pick!
Artist: Again too hard to pick.
Film: Any thing Hitchcock or with Cary Grant
Television Show: I love Mad Men!
Book: A home at the end of the world- Michael Cunningham
Magazines: Elle Décor, House Beautiful, AD, World of Interiors
Blogs: La Dolce Vita (naturally!), The Sartorialist, Habitually Chic, Slow Love Life, Style Court, The Peak of Chic, The Style Saloniste, The Bedlam of Beefy, An Aesthete's Lament, Domicidal Maniac, NICK OLSEN
Texture: Cashmere anything!
Fabric or Pattern: I love linen. Roger and Goffigan anything!
Color: Black and white
Scent: Hermes orange verte
Extravagance: Candles- Love them!
Quote: Too much of a good thing can be wonderful- Mae West
Gold and Peach Estate Wedding
Can you say swoon! This peach estate wedding on our wedding blog today is giving us major Southern/French feels! It’s a beauty, for sure. Lovelyfest, you made our dreams come true inside this gorgeous estate! (Remember when they wow-ed us with this wedding?!)Modern with both a two-piece and blush wedding gown, and vintage in venue, furniture, and decor – it’s a winning combination.
When creating a styled shoot, we’re always thinking ahead to what future brides want to see. Romantic, airy, light and fresh editorials are abundant right now, and we absolutely love this trending theme because of one thing: it’s not trendy! We think this is a theme that will stay in style forever, and romanticism in weddings is definitely not going away. Being inspired by French architecture, gardens and fashion, we designed this shoot to have a romantic, French, industrial flare filled with simplicity and modern accents.
The venue itself is a newly renovated, historic building that has been around since the 1920’s, when it was frequented by celebrities like Lucille Ball. This history, mixed with the open beam ceilings, exposed brick walls, and arched Palladian windows of the Estate were incredibly inspiring to us. The clean lines, stark white trim, and symmetrical architecture provided the perfect spot for us to create a French, industrial wedding, and we can only imagine what it would be like to design an entire real wedding in this space. It is gorgeous and sophisticated and is set up to host parties big and small.
Keeping consistent with the idea of a French inspired shoot, we envisioned our bride as an elegant French woman on her wedding day. Celebrity hair and makeup artist,Joy Castandeda, enhanced our bride’s natural beauty and feminine features perfectly with soft makeup and classic hair. She then slipped into Claire La Faye‘s blush Swan Song gown, and our vision was complete.
The intimate ceremony was set in the grand entrance of the Estate, with ceremony chairs draped in natural, flowing linen fabric and crystal chandeliers lining the tall ceilings. Our backdrop was made of a simple oversized topiary, reminiscent of ones seen lining the gardens of Paris. A few white butterflies accented the topiary, a subtle French theme we incorporated throughout the shoot.
Cocktail hour was made complete with multiple vintage seating lounges from Archive Vintage Rentals‘ unique and timeless pieces. The Estate has a variety of nooks that are just begging to be filled with beautiful furniture, and guests love cozying up on these pieces with a good cocktail! Instead of a typical bar, this one was made of a weathered vintage hutch and was accented with Lovelyfest’s vintage crystal glassware.
The second story is where we set the French inspired dining table, adorned with the most amazing French-inspired striped La Tavola Fine Linen and Archive Rentals vintage chairs.
Together with Meagan Vos of MV Florals, we designed a unique floral centerpiece that lined the table in length and provided lots of height. Meagan added beautiful florals and greenery to the custom structure and made it look like a true Parisian garden right on top of the table. We accented the structure with vintage brass candlesticks for romantic light, and set the table with hand-dipped vintage gold charger plates, crystal glassware and salt cellars, and natural linen napkins.
After the bride and groom cozied up amongst the table decor, they headed to the cake table, filled with adorable handmade cakes by Jay’s Catering. We love the simplicity of these cakes and fresh macarons, just as they would be in a traditional bakery in France.
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I also love this series, Paloma. One of my favorites! I usually see pictures and I say: I'd add this one to my "dream home" at Paloma's. :-)
This one has so many classic elemens. I love the idea of having a vegetable garden too. Organic is best. How appropriate!
Wishing you all a great day!
This is hands down one of my favorite series! All of her choices are so fresh and so clean! I loved every single choice and I LOVE her blog!
Love, love Arianna's dream home. this one actually feels like it could be one gorgeous house!! I absolutely adore the backyard garden and shed idea and the dining area is beyond. I've never seen that shot before and love those double chandys!
Lovely, calming spaces. Thank you for an excellent post.
I'm there. the house-guest that has outstayed her welcome. It's just too lovely! xoxo
This could be my dream house to. Just lovely!
Love the traditional mix of this home and all the light bright spaces !! Its gorgeous.
Arianna's style is so delicate, lovely and feminine. Her dream home is a perfect reflection of her. It's absolutely stunning!
This is amazing. This could totally be one of my dream homes, too. Love this series!
All rooms look really beautiful. But I feel you could have used fully wood covered ottoman instead of the X shaped legs.
Arianna's Dream Home is exactly what I'd expect it to be. And just like her blog, her home tour made me feel so at ease and relaxed. Simply lovely.
I enjoy these dream home posts. This home would be gorgeous!
That is what I will call a dream home. The whole interior and everything else are so light and relaxing but the garden is a real miracle
Arianna, can you please design my Dream Home?? Everything is impeccable and takes my breath away! I am in love with this home and definitely one of my favorites! Amazing job!
Customized sinks could exist made to accommodate a shoppers wants for a specific purpose. You could buy them in either single or twice sinks, and come in a broad selection of sizes shapes and colors
A bar sink is a great place to add some fun to your residence! You will discover loads of beautiful and unique bar sinks out there
A best house to stay. Its like living in a luxuries hotel and would rather stay there my whole life. Its like living in a paradise.
i haven't seen this series before as i am new to this blog. is it always this good. I was scrolling down thinking yes! yes! yes! from the bright skirt and matching flowers to the desk, garden and books.
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This is one of my favorite things on your blog! I love seeing how people imagine their "dream home". So fun!
This house is filled of "I want that too"! :-)
Hope everything is great with you.
Your dream home is adorable ! When can I come visit ?
and together they make a lovely dream home. I'm with you there ♥
Oh I love the dining room.
and the outdoor space.
I adore Mackenzie's style- a little preppy and a little quirky and definitely glamorous. Love love the exterior and the bedroom with the chiffon canopy. I think I need to try that somewhere- heaven!!
Lovely dream home, love the exterior, not too big and not too small.
love that outdoor space! it's just perfect!
love how open & airy all these pics are. But the outdoor living space w/ swimming pool seals the deal for me! The chandeliers alone *swoon*
Love design darling and love this post!
Dream home indeed! That closet will haunt me with its perfection for years.
love that canopy in the guest bedroom!
Paloma I have to say for such a young lady, MacKenzie is very talented and has great taste!!
I love the whimsy and airiness of this dream house. So many touch stones of good design in one place.
I agree with your other commenters. this is one of the best posts you do.
The pool is a dream in a dream house.
both bathrooms are in my top faves, too! i love- no, seriously LOVE- the curved iron ladder in the "master bath" and closet. great round up of photos! hope you get your dream house one day. ) xoxojess
A dream house, indeed! So inviting.
Who desgins that powder room wall paper. I'm officially obsessed. Please help.
Wow! so adorable. The design of this house is a true testament to Mackenzie's sense of style. Everything is just perfect - classic, functional and clutter-free
This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives in depth information. thanks for this nice article.
Black and White Hotel Bel Air Wedding
Get ready for a dream wedding. This Hotel Bel Air wedding is … how do we say… magical. Yes. From the JL Designs floral arrangements, to the guests attire, to the bride’s Vera Wang gown, this wedding is black and white from head to toe. The color scheme isn’t the only classy thing about it either. A ballroom covered in candles, a ceremony secluded in trees, and a bridal party all in black. Not to mention the bride’s sleek ponytail (we love!). With Sterling Social at the helm of the design, and Jana Williams capturing it all the affair is one to remember.
The ceremony took place on Swan Lake at Hotel Bel Air on a gorgeous summer evening, surrounded by the hotel’s infamous swans and lush garden setting. At the start of the curved aisle, phalaenopsis orchids were set in black lacquer vases on top of clear acrylic pedestals as an entry statement. Ivory rose petals lined both sides of the aisle, making a soft path to the existing hotel arbor structure that was used as the Chuppah. The structure was draped in a luxe champagne colored fabric and pulled together with large black tassels. A trio of Moroccan inspired pendants hung from the inside of the structure for added detailing. The ceremony design was kept very clean and contemporary, allowing the beauty of the lawn to shine through as well as Brittney’s incredible black and white Vera Wang gown.
The renovated Hotel Bel-Air ballroom already has a streamlined, contemporary and glamorous look with its chic color palette in shades of silver, pewter, and soft white. We wanted to build upon the existing aesthetic and tie in special touches to make the setting a unique reflection of Brittney and Shany’s personal style.
Overall, Hotel Bel-Air offered the best of both worlds – a lush, private and romantic outdoor setting for the Ceremony, along with a chic, sexy and sophisticated indoor setting for the Cocktail and Dinner Receptions. The overall color palette was neutral, yet bold, with soft and romantic touches. By starting with the base tones in the existing ballroom, we decided to add crisp and tailored pops of black to make a statement along with nude and rose gold details for a feminine touch.
The design had many layers of textural elements such as mirror, glass, suede, cut crystal and raw silk. The most incredible detail was the contemporary glass candelabras that reflected glowing candlelight along the 24’ mirror top tables. Between the tall candelabras were silver and pewter vases with textural designs all filled with white and cream florals (no greenery). Mixed in were petite vases holding nude reflexed roses. As a contrast, the round tables had ruffled black linens and displayed a complementary trio of floral vessels and accents of candlelight. The modern table numbers were etched into clear acrylic and mixed subtly with the décor. The dinner menus had a landscape orientation and featured the same rose gold paint swoosh from the Save The Date design. A great focal point in the room was the 16’ bar and back bar shelving that served as the backdrop to the head table. Overall, the room was residentially-inspired and very inviting for guest’s to dine and dance the night away.
We met in 2010, and had our first date in what seemed like a regular sushi restaurant, on a regular Saturday night. What didn’t feel so regular was the fact that we felt like we had known each other forever. We instantly bonded and had an innate sense of comfort with one another it was as if we had been dating for a long time. Our instant chemistry and ease with one another was not just seen and felt by us but later in the evening we met up with friends and a total stranger asked my friend “How long have they been dating, they look so happy.” True story! We both knew we had something special and definitely not ordinary. Our relationship started with an amazing date and continued on the right path that led to a tremendous amount of trust and an unbreakable bond.
After two and a half years of dating, Shany and I went on a business trip to Miami where he also surprised me with the proposal in our SLS hotel suite after a very nice dinner at Juvia restaurant. When we got back to the room, it was full with flowers and candles everywhere. The bed had “Will you marry me?” in rose petals. I walked in first and was very surprised to see the rose petals on the bed, as I turned around I saw Shany on one knee with the ring in his hands. I was pretty much speechless and all I could say was “I don’t deserve this”.